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The York New Musical Festival Association started from a collaboration between the then Chairman of York Musical Theatre Company – Jim Welsman and one of the Company’s members – Rob Winlow.
Jim as chairman had received numerous requests from composers around the UK to premiere their work but the Company felt unable to take the financial risk that this would entail.
The Association is currently inviting expressions of interest from composers and production companies who would like to perform unpublished or work-in-progress shows or simply to attend. The company’s web site at www.ynmf.co.uk contains further information and booking details.
is a new play which explores the sinking of the RMS Laconia and subsequent events
Nottingham playwright, Tony Breeze, knows all about the difficulties that new writers face in getting their work performed. After his own experiences trying to get work published he set up an internet site in 1990 and has been receiving scripts from playwrights around the world who are hoping to catch the eye of amateur groups willing to take a chance on a new play.
Performed by Newton Amateur Dramatic Society based in Powys.
Start your New Year with a musical bang at Bardic Theatre in the blockbuster feast ‘From Broadway to Bardic’ which opens on Friday 31st January 2014.
Beat the winter blues with a selection of musical theatre hits from Broadway, the West End and a host of cinematic classics, each presented by Bardic performers including Brian Mills, Conor Begley, ‘Daybreak’ singer David McCrory, BBC Radio Ulster’s Karen Kirby and lots more.
Bardic producer Sean Faloon will lead a top class team including his grand-daughter Stephanie who not only will perform in a lead role, but who also takes the reins as Director for the first time.
Samuel French are delighted to announce that Journey’s End is now available for amateur performance.
In February of 2014, Loughton Amateur Dramatic Society (LADS) will be celebrating its 90th Anniversary.
Children aged 7 to 16 from the well known Bath Theatre School have been putting in some extra rehearsal time to prepare for a very special performance, which saw them visit a professional recording studio in aid of Children in Need. Students performed and recorded their theatre school anthem ‘Sing Out’ which was written by the one of the School’s owners and Singing Director Adrian Millard.
One question we don’t ask ourselves enough is why do we do amateur theatre? We probably don’t give the same main answer each time. Recently I appeared in Spider’s Web with a group new to me and my main motivation for joining that group was to meet new people. But why did I do that rather than join a social club or just pop down the pub?